DIY tapas tour, Barcelona

After a hot busy morning visiting the Nou Camp and Gaudi’s Parc Guell, we decided that we should make the most of our last afternoon in Barcelona by doing what we do best – eating!

Not wanting to restict ourselves to just one place, we thought we’d do a little DIY tapas tour! Now there are plenty of organised tapas tours that you can join, but that isn’t really our thing. Instead we wandered the shady streets of the El Born area and stopped at anywhere we liked the look of!

First up was Tantarantana where we had a plate of deliciously soft Iberican ham & light crispy Catalan tomato bread with cervesas. It really does depend on the bar as to what you will get when you asked for ‘Dos cervesas por favor’, this time it was Cruzcampo Gran Reserva, quite a dark beer


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Tickets, Barcelona

It was my Husband’s birthday whilst on our recent trip to Barcelona so I decided that it would only be right to find a great restaurant to celebrate the occasion. I set my sights on Tickets – notoriously difficult to get a reservation for. So I was unbelievably happy that through hours of trying I managed to book our table on his actual birthday! Needless to say we were very excited about our meal and had high expectations….

The restaurant is part owned by the Adria brothers, who have a number of other restaurants and bars nearby as you can see on the map below (they call the area ‘el Barri Adria’)


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El Nacional, Barcelona

As you may have seen from my Twitter & Instagram, we recently went to Barcelona for a long weekend. After one not very successful dinner, one very special dinner (blog post coming soon!) and lots of pinxtos and gelato inbetween, we fancied more of a traditional meal. On our second to last night we headed over to Passeig de Gracia, in search of just that. Our first stop was the Mandarin Oriental for a drink at their rooftop bar, Terrat.


A few doors down from the MO is El Nacional. This is a slightly different concept, where in one very large restaurant there are 4 seperate dining areas, each offering a different culinary experience. Along the center of the 4 areas there is also an oyster bar, cocktail bar, a beer & preserves bar and a wine & cured meats bar. If you can’t find something to eat in here then you’re in trouble!

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